Imam Setiaji Ronoatmojo

(1 July 1960 / Cilacap (Indonesia))

With a Dog


I do not know by what name I call you, my friend. You move your tail, running around me wanted to meet, wanted to be my friend, so I know you. Yes, I came from a very distant country, and where you come from my friend? You suddenly came over. Hesitated and want to go. Then when you finally do come again, I call someone to take our pictures. I'm nobody's friends, only a heart that runs and forth, there may be windows that would open slightly, in which one wants to peek, but the window was closed again because if it is too close to the heart, you're not going to mean.Though the word 'from the gutter maybe you will find pearls', while in the pool behind the luxury hotels do not necessarily get you a fancy heart. And I was just a dream scavengers, who feared to sleep, to wake up, and the day has lost quiet to dream, but where there life without a dream, which is driven by death and grief? When the cloud was thick, all of a sudden you run back into the woods, my friend. Maybe the rain has called you to go along with the dreams, and never to return. Thank you, my friend.

(2011)

Submitted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Edited: Saturday, October 13, 2012
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This is my poem which tells about my experience met a coyote. Very impressive. I have translated from my poem titled in Indonesian 'Bersama Seekor Anjing'.

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